When to Get Termite Treatment
Did you know termite prevention is as important as treating an active termite infestation? Affordable Pest Control is always on the lookout for termites when you have routine pest control services performed, but it’s good to have a retreat every few years to make sure you don’t end up with a costly termite problem. So, when should you have a preventative termite treatment done?
When You Buy a New Home
When you purchase a new build home, the builder often has the home treated before selling and includes a short-term guarantee that you won’t have a termite problem, but after that term is up, it falls on the new homeowner. If you bought a resale home, it’s unlikely that the home has been treated for termites since the first time because, oftentimes, homeowners skip over termite treatments until they have an infestation. Homeowners basically cross their fingers and hope they don’t have a problem, and let’s be honest – termites aren’t top of mind until it’s an issue. This can be a big mistake and we’ve seen it first-hand. Termites can cause a significant amount of damage before even being detected. We are talking thousands of dollars in damage and remediation costs. You can avoid all that by having preventative termite pest control done on your home every couple of years.
When You Install a Pool
If you’ve recently gone under contract for a pool or had one put in already, schedule your preventative termite service right away to reestablish the barrier. Termites are attracted to water and you’ve just invited them in. Termites tunnel underground and while they only consume wood, they will chew through expensive pool liners, PVC piping, and more, just to get to the new water source. If they don’t damage your new pool equipment, they may decide to move on to your home.
In The Spring
Although termites are active year-round, as the warm spring temperatures arrive, termites become more active and start looking for a mate, which means they’re about to multiply. This means existing colonies are going to grow exponentially and swarmers are going to be plentiful.
Swarmers are male and female termites and are the only ones that have wings. As warmer days arrive, the swarmers leave the colony to look for a mate. Once a male has found his mate, the pair breaks off its wings and begin to look for a nesting location, and more times than not, it’s in your home. Once they settle in, they begin nesting and mating, starting the process all over again. Moral of the story: if you are seeing winged termites around your home, you already have a big problem.
During Gardening Season
The main component of mulch is wood and what do termites eat? Wood! As springtime arrives, we begin planting fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees. While delicious and beautiful, and a fun hobby, mulch is an attractive food source for termites. Before heading to the nursery, call Affordable Pest Control for a free inspection and preventative treatment. Be sure to keep mulch several inches away from your home’s foundation to prevent termites from easily burrowing straight into your home. If you notice any activity, you’ll want to get ahead of it by calling us right away.
Any Time You See Termites Or When Your Neighbor Has Termites
Termites can do a tremendous amount of damage in a short period of time. While the problem might look small, the damage can be out of sight and significant, and if your neighbor has a problem, it’s only a matter of time before you do. Our termite treatment is affordable and effective and should be completed every couple of years. A preventive termite service is just like going to the dentist annually. We go to prevent dental problems and save ourselves the time, money, and headache of dealing with a major issue down the road. Termite treatment is the same. Don’t wait until you have a costly termite problem on your hands to call us for an inspection and treatment.
Affordable Pest Control Treats Termites
We offer a free, no-obligation termite inspection. Whether you have an active infestation or want to prevent termites, we will be there for you. Now is the best time to schedule your free termite inspection. Give us a call at (480) 907-7913.